Yumble Kids Meal Subscription Review + Coupon – March 2018
Yumble is a meal delivery service that sends prepared, healthy kids meals along with free activities and collectibles.
Yumble offers a variety of meal plans per week that include lunches, dinners, and/or snacks. You can choose between 6 meals (for 1 kid) for $47.94 per week, 12 meals (for 1-2 kids) for $89.88 per week or 24 meals (for 2-3 kids) for $167.76 per week and delivery is free. They offer specific meals that change weekly and you can either customize your meal plan or have them select items for you. (They send you an email reminder which is very helpful for forgetful parents like me!). All meals are always pre-cooked and require minimal effort and maybe some reheating! The subscription is very flexible: you can skip a week, pause your subscription or cancel at any time or make changes up to a certain point before your delivery.
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This review is of the Yumble, 6 meals per week plan at $47.94 ($7.99 per meal).
About Yumble Kids Meal Delivery Service
The Subscription Box: Yumble
The Cost: $47.94 a week
COUPON: Use this link to save 35% off your first order!
The Products: Healthy, prepared meals for kids including lunches, dinners, and/or snacks plus free activities and collectibles.
Ships to: US, most of the East Coast currently. (Check here to see if they ship to your zip code.)
Good to know: You can set dietary restrictions as to which foods you would like to avoid
Yumble Kids Meal Delivery Box March 2018 Review
When I saw that there was a meal delivery service that catered to kids with fully prepared meals that were supposedly healthy, I jumped at the chance to try it! I usually end up putting in the effort to make dinner for my family of four only to have my kids (3 years old and 20 months old) just pick at it (or, in the case of the 20 month old, throw it on the floor!) and have to bribe them just to eat a few bites. I loved that these came fully prepared so that if there is a night when my husband and I are eating something that I know they won’t eat, I can have an alternative ready for them without making an entirely separate meal.
First, let’s talk about packaging and delivery. When I opened the box, I was surprised that the ice packs (3 of them) were still rock solid and the inside of the box was still very cold. In fact, we let them sit in the box for a few days and they were still frozen. The ice packs can be reused or they can be thawed and recycled once you dispose of the gel inside. The packing material you see around the edges is not recyclable, but it is made from recycled materials and their FAQs section recommends that it be used for crafts. The trays that they serve the food in are safe to use in both oven and microwave and are degradable.
All of the meals come in these cute little cardboard wraps with a peekaboo window telling you what’s inside. The reverse side contains a mask that kids can color, which is a fun idea that my kids enjoyed. The box is supposed to come with free activities and collectibles. From the Yumble Kids site:
In addition to a weeks worth of delicious meals, upon subscribing to Yumble, all customers are sent a welcome pack that includes some fun things for the kids and subscription guide for the parents. Parents can send us a picture of their children with their completely filled in charts in order to receive a prize! For every subsequent delivery, children receive collectible coins that may be traded in for really fun prizes.
Unfortunately, I did not receive any such thing in my box. No welcome pack, guide or chart. This was pretty disappointing. I actually emailed customer service and am waiting to hear back as to why that is.
The inner containers all have the nutrition labels on top including a use by date and preparation instructions.
Each week you have the option to either select your own meals or let them select for you. I opted to pick my meals this first round and I chose to try one of their snacks. These are the Protein Poppers:
200 calories per serving, 10 grams of fat, 12 grams of sugar, 5 grams of protein.
Prep: No preparation necessary.
I thought these were a decent size and very filling at 2 per serving. I loved that there were not many ingredients, just sunbutter, coconut, oats, flax seed, vanilla, salt, a little bit of honey to sweeten them with tiny bits of chocolate. Everyone in the family was happy to eat them. There were 10 in a package which meant there were plenty to share or spread out over the week for snacks.
You might also notice that the Use By date is April 2. I received my box the week of March 6 for reference. This is something I appreciated about this box: the earliest Use By date was March 17. That meant that I could really spread these meals out and use them at my convenience since they were good for another 10 days at least.
The first meal we tried were the Crunchy Chicken Fingers served with General Tso’s Cauliflower:
280 calories per serving, 6 grams of fat, 11 grams of sugar, 16 grams of protein.
Prep: Remove ketchup, heat tray in the oven for 15 minutes (microwaving is an option too!).
It was nice that these came with their own ketchup to dip them in, meaning one less thing I needed to have on hand (although it’s probably pretty rare to find a fridge that doesn’t contain ketchup!). After heating these up in the oven for the recommended 15 minutes they still needed a little bit longer before they were warm all the way through since they were pretty thick. My daughter ate these up fairly quickly, especially for her. The cauliflower actually had some broccoli in it as well and she ate it somewhat willingly, but only a few bites. The General Tso’s sauce had a good flavor and I thought the chicken was pretty good too with thick pieces of white meat that had a minimal coating. I liked that the only ingredients were chicken, corn flour tortillas, salt and whole wheat breadcrumbs. There was no grease or extra breading so it felt a lot healthier than your average chicken tender. This is a meal I’d definitely order again.
The next meal we tried was the Pizza served with chocolate covered pretzels and dried apples:
370 calories per serving, 12 grams of fat, 20 grams of sugar, 11 grams of protein.
Prep: Remove pretzels and apples, heat tray in the oven for 15 minutes (microwaving is an option too!)
The pizza slices were rather large and covered the other ingredients so I had to separate everything out before I realized that instead of the listed dried apples, we actually received dried apricots. This wasn’t such a big deal for us, but that does mean that the included nutritional information is incorrect. Plus, who likes mistakes from a company who is sending you food?
Of course, this meal went down easily. The pizza was good, not greasy, but not cardboard pizza either. The apricots were good, but the kids weren’t a fan of the texture (my husband was happy to help them with those though) and the chocolate covered pretzels were a great little treat for after dinner. This is a meal we would order again.
My son loves his “mac cheese” so I chose the Creamy Mac N Cheese with Broccoli Tots:
260 calories per serving, 9 grams of fat, 9 grams of sugar, 14 grams of protein.
Prep: heat tray in the oven for 15 minutes (microwaving is an option too!).
I really wanted him to love this especially since they snuck some butternut squash into the mac n cheese, but unfortunately, he wasn’t a big fan. I thought that it was good, not super creamy, but I also didn’t warm it up any extra which could have helped. The broccoli tots did not really look like tots to me, but instead, it was like a big broccoli & cheese cake. It was a little mushy in texture and none of us were really a big fan of it. This meal was a bit of a miss for us, but I think I would definitely try it again since my son’s tastes seem to change day to day. Although it was a miss, we tried this on a night when I really didn’t have the energy to cook and needed something quick, so in that regards it was convenient and I was happy to have something to feed them.
Chicken nuggets are always a kid favorite so I opted to try the Chicken Nuggets with fresh corn kernels, edamame, clean ketchup and pretzels:
350 calories per serving, 14 grams of fat, 8 grams of sugar, 20 grams of protein.
Prep: Remove pretzels & ketchup, heat tray in the oven for 15 minutes (microwaving is an option too!).
The chicken nuggets, like the fingers, were good chunks of white meat with the same minimal breading. Again they came with their own little ketchup cup, but this time it was referred to as “clean” ketchup although the ingredients aren’t any different. I liked the edamame and corn- it didn’t have a lot of flavor, but I thought it was a good veggie option- my daughter wasn’t impressed though. The pretzels were a nice snack to round out the meal which overall had a good amount of protein in it which was nice to find.
My daughter wants ham and cheese sandwiches almost every day for lunch (this week, anyway!) and so I chose the Ham and Swiss Pinwheels with dried apples and chocolate pretzels for her:
420 calories per serving, 19 grams of fat, 27 grams of sugar, 20 grams of protein.
Prep: No preparation necessary
I thought these would be a fun meal for her, but she is so picky right now that she barely tried them. In addition to the ham and swiss, they also had some sort of herbed cream cheese which may have been what she didn’t like about them. I, however, thought they were delicious. I would order them for myself! The dried apples were a little tart and actually really thick which gave them a mushy sort of texture. We weren’t a fan of these. What she did love was the chocolate covered pretzels- I think it’s safe to say my kids have found a new favorite treat after having them twice this week! I liked that this meal had 20 grams of protein, although the fat and sugar content were also really high.
Verdict: Overall, I loved the convenience of these meals, the fact that they last longer than a week, and that there are multiple items to make up a complete meal in each tray. I thought that the flavors were good for the main courses, while some of the sides seemed a bit lacking. I liked that the ingredients were mostly simple and somewhat healthy. Some meals offered a lot of protein which I thought was great, but some also had a lot of sugar in them; which I’m sure what I feed my kids now has just as much, but somehow it makes me feel less responsible when the label is right there in front of me!
Each of these meals cost $7.99 which is probably more than I’d like to pay per meal for my kids, especially considering some of the sides, like the pretzels, I could have easily gotten from my own pantry. This is more than a school lunch would cost or even a meal at most sit down restaurants; however, these do seem much healthier, and I can see exactly what I am giving them from the label, and the convenience can’t be beat. While I would probably never use this on a weekly basis, I love that I can pick to have these delivered once a month to give myself a break. Knowing that I have these to fall back on, I can cut back on my groceries to supplement the cost since my meals will only be for two instead of four. Every mom deserves a break now and then, and for me, with two picky kids, meal planning is something I dread, so this service is completely worth it to me!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Since Yumble’s menus change weekly you may or may not be able to order some of these meals at this time.
Coupon – Use this link to get 35% off your first order!
Value Breakdown: At $47.94 for this box, you’re paying $7.99 per meal.
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Do you subscribe to Yumble? What meals do your kids love?